How to Ferment Peppers

To use in hot sauce or as a condiment all on their own, here’s how to ferment peppers.

Fermenting peppers is not a difficult process! It is quite easy, but patience is required! Fermenting peppers is an essential step in making hot sauce.

Can you make hot sauce with fresh peppers? Yes, technically, you can! Is the hot sauce sooo much better when you fement the peppers? Absolutely, it is! Check out my post for Fermented Hot Sauce.

The best use for Fermented Peppers is making your own hot sauce at home! You won’t have to buy the stuff at the grocery store.

Many of our favorite hot sauces, in the United States are still made with fermented peppers, including Sriracha and Tabasco. Fermenting the peppers gives the hot sauce a greater dimension of flavors!

Fermenting peppers without a salt brine allows the peppers to ferment in their own juices. This intensifies the flavor of your finished product! This method has been employed, by humans for thousands of years.

Lacto fermentation was used to preserve vegetables that would otherwise spoil. These vegetables sustained families through barren months out the year.

Fermentation was traditionally done in large crocks, so that larger quantities of fresh produce could be preserved.

I include the above photo, so that you know, if the top has mold growing on on it, throw out that batch. It is not safe to eat! This one was contaminated because I over filled it with peppers and when I went to burp it the first week, they started to overflow, so, I had to scoop some of them out.

I did not sterilize the spoon first. Learn from my mistakes!

1. Wash peppers. Remove stems. Place in food processor.
2. Finely grind.
3. Place in large bowl.
4. Add salt. About 3 tablespoons per quart of peppers. Mix very well.
5. Pack peppers and salt into quart jars. Pushing down to remove air pockets.

Let peppers ferment at least one month. I left mine for 4 months. Technically, the peppers can ferment for years, in large vats, as Tabasco does.

That is how easy it is to ferment your own peppers so that you can make your own hot sauce!

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